Category Archives: Techne(101)

Cinema as Mnemotechnics: Bernard Stiegler and the “Industrialization of Memory”

CINEMA AS MNEMOTECHNICS Bernard Stiegler and the “Industrialization of Memory” by Ben Roberts In his multi-volume work La Technique et le temps, or Technics and Time, Bernard Stiegler attempts to rethink the relationship between the human and technical objects, or what he calls “technics.” The term “technics” here renders the French “la technique” which, as Stiegler’s translators Richard Beardsworth and George Collins point out, refers to the “technical domain or to technical practice as a whole.” It is therefore to be distin- guished from “la technologie” (“technology”) and technologique (“technological”) which refer to the “specific amalgamation of technics and the…

Tool Making and Language Co-Evolve

Neural correlates of Early Stone Age toolmaking: technology, language and cognition in human evolution Dietrich Stout,1,* Nicholas Toth,2,3 Kathy Schick,2,3 and Thierry Chaminade4 Author information ► Copyright and License information ► Royal Society ABSTRACT Keywords: brain, tool, positron emission tomography, Oldowan, Acheulean, Broca's area Archaeological and palaeontological evidence from the Early Stone Age (ESA) documents parallel trends of brain expansion and technological elaboration in human evolution over a period of more than 2Myr. However, the relationship between these defining trends remains controversial and poorly understood. Here, we present results from a positron emission tomography study of functional brain activation during experimental ESA (Oldowan and Acheulean) toolmaking by expert…

Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves,

George Church from NBC by Alan Boyle Interview with George Church on his new book with Ed Regis Regenesis In the future, genetically modified organisms could be making our medicines, our fuel, our housewares, our houses — and they could even help us remake ourselves. All that may sound like science-fiction, but the future is already arriving, in the form of the bioplastic bottle you may be holding in your hand. Harvard geneticist George Church lays it all out in a new book, "Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves," written with Ed Regis. We are already remaking ourselves and our world, retracing the steps of the original…

“538” or intuition as statistics: ‘Savvy’ Experts vs. Polls (J. Fallows)

  If by intuition we mean a certain ability to predict the future then perhaps we should ask if certain types of intuition are also computational. At  least those types used to predict performance measurement. Nate Silver has done well since he began applying his baseball wisdom to politics his 538 blog, He got 49 out of 50 states right in 2008m. 538 is the number of electoral votes that a candidate must get a majority thereof to be elected president. His predictions are based on baseball computations or the manner of combining meta-statitics to predict the outcome of a…

How Multi-Tasking Messes Up Little Girls (Stanford University Study)

Multitasking may harm the social and emotional development of tweenage girls, but face-to-face talks could save the day, say Stanford researchers by Dan Stober Stanford University Too much screen time can be detrimental to girls 8 to 12 years old, but there is a surprisingly straightforward alternative for greater social wellness. Tweenage girls who spend endless hours watching videos and multitasking with digital devices tend to be less successful with social and emotional development, according to Stanford researchers. But these unwanted effects might be warded off with something as simple as face-to-face conversations with other people. The researchers, headed by…

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